Illinois' budget problems worsening

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As the state of Illinois waits for a new budget to be signed, the deficit in the Land of Lincoln continues to grow. In fact, last year, it was considered the worst in the nation.

The Auditor General says the overall state budget deficit was more than $43 billion last year. The deficit was less than $19 billion five years earlier. Those figures include all state government assets and liabilities. In the main general revenue fund, the deficit actually shrank by $700 million to an $8.1 billion dollar deficit. And the budget
lawmakers passed last month isn't helping.

"It increases spending over last year and last year's budget wasn't balanced so by increasing spending, unfortunately it's going to create a further backlog of unpaid bills," says Senator Dave Syverson (R)- 34th.

Syverson says lawmakers did make cuts in the budget this year but he says important programs under human services were slashed and so was funding for probation programs in Winnebago County.

Governor Quinn must sign the budget by July first.


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